Christmas in New York 2019 – Travel Guide

* Updated with schedules, dates and events for Christmas in New York 2019.

Christmas in New York is lived intensely, it is a beautiful date to visit the city, we loved to see how they live Christmas in a big way!

Incredible shop windows, giant Christmas trees, illuminations in impossible places and skating rinks with spectacular backgrounds!

If you are going to visit New York next Christmas do not lose detail of everything we tell you below, with directions, schedules, how to get to each place and some tips to visit the city on these special dates.

Here you will find all the necessary information to visit each place and not miss anything of Christmas in New York!

With a map at the end to put you in the right place! 🙂

New York Travel Guide to Christmas 2019 – Index:


10 Things to see and do at Christmas New York 2019:

#1. Go and see the incredible decorations of the Rockefeller building, with one of the most famous Christmas trees in New York and one of the most famous ice skating rinks, below you will find details!

ADDRESS: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 49 St between 5th and 6th AvenidaCHERE: Metro lines B-D-F-M stop 47 – 50 Sts Rockefeller

New York at Christmas – Rockefeller

#Right in front of the Rockefeller is Saks, a chain of luxurious department stores that in our opinion have the coolest illuminated façade in New York, with music and everything! The shop windows are also very cool!

ADDRESS: 611 5th Ave, between 49th and 50th Sts (in front of Rockefeller center)HOW TO ARRIVE: Metro lines B-D-F-M stop 47-50Sts Rockefeller and also lines E-M stop 5Av/53St.

Lighting in Saks department stores

#3. Walk along Fifth Avenue and hallucinate with the beautiful shop windows! If this avenue is worth seeing at any time of the year, at Christmas even more! Stores spend millions to decorate their shop windows and some are authentic Christmas works of art.

ADDRESS: The top stores are located from 48St Street to 59St Street reaching Central Park.HOW TO GET THERE: 5 Avenue Station Subway Stop N-R-W lines and also E-M lines, stop 5Av/53St.

Dergdorf Goodman’s Christmas Showcase

#4. A must-see visit to Dyker Heights homes in Brooklyn if you’re visiting New York for Christmas. Very nice illuminations, some extravagant, some saturated, but a place to visit yes or yes!

If you’re not impregnated with Christmas spirit here, I don’t know where you’ll do it! You can see more in our Instagram featured stories with the title New York.

You can do it for free as we did, or hire a tour in Spanish to see the Christmas lights for about 40€.

ADDRESS: This is a residential area that runs from 83St to 86 St and between Brooklyn Avenues 11 and 13.HOW TO GET THERE: Metro line R stop 86St in Brooklyn, take the B1 bus (it is just outside the subway station) and get off at 86st/11Av.

Lighting in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn

#5. Skating on one of the ice rinks scattered around the city! Below we leave you the info of each one.

Christmas in New York – Central Park Skating Rink, Wollman Rink

#6. Have a drink on a cool terrace, like the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar we went to, with great views of the city.

I had some heated igloos where you could have a warm drink while watching the view, and some red robes to cover you if you’re cold.

Admission is free (don’t forget to bring an ID to get in) and the prices of drinks were from $5 onwards.

ADDRESS: 230 Fifth Ave, Fifth Avenue between 27th and 26th Streets HOW TO ARRIVE: 28St Broadway Subway Stop, Lines

Have a drink on this terrace with warm igloos, one of the things to do in New York at Christmas.

#7. Walk around the Christmas markets that are spread around the city. Buy yourself a souvenir, a Christmas decoration or have a hot chocolate.

Below we give you the info of everyone we visit!

Christmas in New York – Columbus Circle Holiday Market

#8. Lunch or dinner at the German restaurant Rolf’s, famous for overflowing with Christmas decorations! We didn’t go for lack of time, but it appears in every New York Christmas guide you can think of!

If you go, tell us what you thought!

ADDRESS: 281 3rd Avenue. Corner with 22St.HOW TO GET THERE: 23St metro stop, line 6.

#9. Watching the famous show The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall is a must on New York’s holiday season.

A few days in advance (not many either) there are tickets on the official website from 46$ + 14$ service fee.

ADDRESS: 1260 6th Ave, between 51st and 50th Streets. HOW TO GET THERE: Metro Stop 47-50 Sts – Rockeffeller Center, B-D-F-M Lines.

#10. Drink a hot chocolate in Max Brenner, if you are a chocolateaddict you can not stop going to this chocolate shop, very close to Union Square. Delight yourself with a chocolate fondue with fruits, waffles, chocolate burst cakes and even appetizing chocolate pizzas.

With the cold weather in New York at Christmas, do you need more reasons to go to Max Brenner to get warm? 🙂

ADDRESS: 841 Broadway, on Broadway Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets. HOW TO GET HERE: Subway Stop 14 St – Union Squar, Lines 4-5-6-L-N-Q-R-W.

#10+1. Many of the city’s buildings are decorated with hourly repeating plays of light and music, such as the World Trade Center’s “The Oculus” station or the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle.

#10+2. If you visit New York at Christmas with children, you can’t help but visit Santa Claus. The coolest place is in Santaland in Macys, is on the eighth floor surrounded by a world of Christmas fantasy, where no detail is missing.

It’s free but you have to book an hour on their website.

ADDRESS: 151 W 34th St, between 6th and 5th Avenues.HOW TO ARRIVE: 34St Metro Stop – Penn Station, lines 1-2-3.

New York’s 3 Best Skating Rinks

If you like ice skating, doing it with the imposing skyscrapers around you will be unforgettable! There are some indoor tracks open all year round, but the most famous outdoor ones are only in winter.

1. Bryant Park skating rink:

One of the best known parks in New York City and the one you’re sure to pass through on your visit to the city, very close to Grand Central Terminal.

HOURS: From 08:00 to 22:00

DATE OF ACTIVITY: From 31 October 2019 to March 2020

ADDRESS: Located between 40th and 42nd streets, between 5 and 6 avenues

HOW TO GET HERE: Line 7 stop 5 Avenue – Bryant Park. Also B-D-F-M lines stop 42 St – Bryan Park.

PRICE: Admission is free, if you don’t have skates you can rent them for $20, you can even buy socks for $6.

NOTES: You can skip the queue for $30 or you can book a specific time (and you won’t have to queue either), includes skate + water rental and snack for $55.

Bryant Park skating rink in New York

2. Rockefeller Center skating rink:

Undoubtedly the most famous skating rink in New York, we have seen it in countless movies, and it is also one of the most beautiful in the city.

Remember to buy your ticket in advance if you want to go up to its viewpoint, the Top of the Rock.

In the post plan your trip to New York for free you will find a list with all the interesting tickets that you have booked.

TIME: There are 90-minute sessions, the first one starts at 8:30 and the last one at 22:30.

DATE OF ACTIVITY: From 12 October 2019 to April 2020

ADDRESS: 45 Rockefeller Plaza, 49 St between 5th and 6th Avenue.

HOW TO GET HERE: Metro lines B-D-F-M stop 47-50 Sts Rockefeller

PRICE: Adults over 12 years old, from October 12th 25$ and from November 20th 33$, although the price varies depending on the date (after Christmas it will go down). Children under 11 years old, 15$The rent of the skates is 13$.

Rockefeller skating rink, one of the must-see things in New York at Christmas!

3. Central Park Skating Rink, Wollman Rink

It is also one of the most beautiful in New York, on one side you have the park and on the other the incredible New York buildings, so you do not forget where you are! 🙂

HOURS: Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 to 14:30, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 22:00, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 23:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 21:00.

DATE OF ACTIVITY: There are no dates for 2019 yet (Previous season opened November 1, 2018 – April 30)

ADDRESS: 830 5th Avenue, inside Central Park in the southeastern part of the park.

HOW TO GET THERE: Subway Stop 5 Av Station, N-R-W Lines. We enter Central Park and the signs will take us to the ice rink in less than five minutes.

PRICE: Monday to Thursday 12$ adults and 6$ children (under 11 years). From Friday to Sunday 19$ adults and 6$ children. 10$ skate rental. They only accept cash.

Central Park Skating Rink

The 3 New York Trees at Christmas you can’t miss

One of the things to see at Christmas in New York are the immense trees that are placed around the city, for us the coolest are the 3 that we tell you here.

Wall Street Christmas Tree:

One of the largest in the city, right in front of the imposing Stock Exchange building.

LIGHTS ON: There are no dates for 2019 yet (Last season they lit them on November 29th)

ADDRESS: 1 Wall St, in the financial center of New York.

HOW TO GET HERE:Wall Street Station Stop, lines 2-3-4-5

Christmas in New York – Wall Street Tree

2. Bryant Park Christmas Tree:

You can also enjoy the ice rink, the market and some food stalls.

ADDRESS: Located between 40th and 42nd streets and between 5th and 6th avenues

HOW TO GET HERE: Line 7 stop 5 Avenue – Bryant Park. Also B-D-F-M lines stop 42 St – Bryan Park.

Bryant Park, one of the most complete squares at Christmas

3. Christmas Tree of the Lotte New York Palace Hotel:

For us it’s one of the most beautiful. The hotel is also famous because it appears in the series Gossip Girl, which by the way you can also do a tour of series and movies around the city in Spanish.

LIGHTS ON: There are still no dates for 2019 (last season they turned them on on November 29).

ADDRESS: 455 Madison Ave, between 51st and 50St Streets.

HOW TO GET THERE: 5Av/53St Metro Stop, E-M Lines

Lotte New York Palace Hotel Christmas Tree (free admission)

Madison Square Park Christmas Tree:

We didn’t think it was the prettiest one, but it’s right next to one of the most important buildings in the city, the Flatiron, you’ll probably pass it because it’s one of the places to see in New York yes or yes.

LIGHTS ON: There are no dates for 2019 yet (last season they lit them on December 8).

ADDRESS: 11 Madison Ave, between 26th and 23rd St.

HOW TO GET HERE: Subway Stop 23 St, R-W Lines

Christmas Tree at Madison Square Park

The 4 markets of New York in Christmas essential:

Columbus Circle Holiday Market:

Located at one of the entrances to Central Park, you can see it the same day you skate on ice in Central Park.

ADDRESS: Columbus Circle with 59th St, lower left of Central Park.

HOW TO GET HERE: 59St Subway Stop – Columbus Circle, Lines 1-2-A-C-B-D

DATE OF ACTIVITY: From 4 to 24 December 2019

HOURS: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00 and Sundays from 10:00 to 19:00

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

2. Union Square Holiday Market:

Very close to the Max Brenner chocolate shop that I named you above. More than 150 artisan stalls where you can buy all kinds of Christmas souvenirs.

ADDRESS: 201 Park Ave S, between 17th and 14th Streets. South of Union Square, at the foot of the George Washington statue and just in front of Whole Foods.

HOW TO GET HERE: Subway Stop 14 St – Union Square, Lines 4-5-6-L-N-Q-R-W

DATE OF ACTIVITY: From 21 November to 24 December 2019

HOURS: Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 20:00, Saturdays from 10:00 to 20:00 and Sundays from 11:00 to 19:00.

Union Square Holiday Market in New York

Grand Central Holiday Fair:

It is located inside the Grand Central Terminal, which is appreciated if it is very cold, is made up of about 40 artisans stands.

ADDRESS: 201 Park Ave S, between 17th and 14th Streets. South of Union Square, at the foot of the George Washington statue and just in front of Whole Foods.

HOW TO GET HERE: Subway Stop 14 St – Union SquarE, Lines 4-5-6-L-N-Q-R-W

DATE OF ACTIVITY: From November 18 to December 24, 2019.

HOURS: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 20:00, Saturdays from 10:00 to 19:00 and Sundays from 11:00 to 18:00.

Grand Central Holiday Fair

4. Bank of America Winter Village. Bryant Park:

One in which we find more people, in addition to the market has skating rink, an immense Christmas tree and many food stalls, some are covered warm.

ADDRESS: Located between 40th and 42nd streets and between 5th and 6th avenues

HOW TO GET HERE: Line 7 stop 5 Avenue – Bryant Park. Also B-D-F-M lines stop 42 St – Bryan Park.

DATE OF ACTIVITY: From 27 October to 2 January 2019

HOURS: Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 20:00, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 20:00.

Bryant Park Christmas Market, New York

Accommodation in New York for Christmas

New York is not a cheap destination to stay at Christmas, on that basis we can find decent accommodations from about $100 a night, without too many luxuries.

The best thing is to book as soon as possible to have more variety and we can choose better. This last time in the city we stayed in the POD TIMES SQUARE, unbeatable location and a very cool hotel.

We didn’t want to waste time travelling, it’s already a city where you spend a lot of time moving from one place to another, the distances are enormous!

That’s why our advice is to stay in Manhattan, in this post we talk in detail about accommodation in NY:



Other interesting and “cheap” hotels in New York:

Another option is to rent an apartment in Airbnb, we have done it in some occasions in New York and with time you can find some interesting offers, we leave you 25€ discount for your first reservation in Airbnb.

Tips for Visiting New York for Christmas

MADRUGA. Around 16:30 it is night, if you want to make the most of the day the best thing is to get up very early! At 7 o’clock the sun rises and we were already on the street! At night we also went to sleep early.
BOOK THE ACTIVITIES FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. For example the Statue of Liberty, at first hour when we went there was no one, when we came back the tail was huge! You will save a lot of time in queues and optimize your time during the trip.
BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Although it’s a year-round destination, at Christmas time there’s a small influx of tourists who want to see how Christmas is lived in New York. Check out Booking prices now!
OPEN UP WELL. It’s so cold, the warmer you get, the better you’ll have nothing left! Hehehe! You’ll be on the street all day and it’s best to be well prepared.
INTERNET. Get a SIM card to be connected, check timetables, addresses, or use the App MYmta, to know in real time any information on the means of transport. We recommend this Holafly SIM card (with 5% discount) with very good coverage! You put it on your mobile when you arrive and you have internet just put a foot in the USA.

More info: How to Have Internet in the United States | SIM Card

TOURIST CARDS. If you want to buy a tourist card such as the New York Pass or City Pass. If it’s your first time in town, you’ll probably be interested.

More info: Comparison of the best tourist cards in New York

RELAX AND ENJOY! You are in New York on incredible dates, feel lucky and squeeze every second of your trip to the maximum!

Travel insurance to the United States:

You never know when you’re going to have to rely on travel insurance, honestly one of the main reasons why we have travel insurance is the issue of health.

Health care in the United States is very expensive, and you never know when you may need to go to the doctor. A sudden appendicitis, a silly fall, a sharp pain that prevents you from continuing the journey, it’s not worth the risk!

For about 30€ you have travel insurance for a week in New York, although we would recommend the Iati Estrella that has the most medical coverage for less than 50€. We also give you a 5% discount on your Iati travel insurance so you can save a little bit on this!

In addition you will be covered other aspects such as luggage, private civil liability, delays in the departure of the means of transport … etc..


Tours, tickets and excursions to do in New York:

Entrance to the Empire State without queues

One World Observatory ticket without queues

Contrast excursion or you can also do VIP in a smaller bus, was the one we chose.

Excursion to Washington DC

Map of all the things to see in New York at Christmas:

And this is as far as our New York Christmas guide!

We hope you liked it, that it will encourage you to visit New York for Christmas and help you plan your trip! If you have any questions, we look forward to hearing from you! 🙂

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